The Central Bank of Syria has introduced a new exchange rate for the fees paid by Syrian men to avoid mandatory military service. The new price for the dollar is twice the official rate, raising fears among many Syrians that the increased rate may soon be applied to other transactions as well.


The international accounting firm Deloitte’s regional branch decided to close its offices in Syria at the start of the year, joining a growing list of large professional-services firms which have left Syria since the start of the conflict, The Syria Report has learned.


August saw a new decline in the Syrian stock market’s main indexes, while one of the oldest brokerage firms in the market announced that it was suspending its activities.